Hamblen County will have school Jan. 17th, Feb. 18th and 21st

By: Jenna McWilliams, Jason Tighe, Whitney Kent Email
By: Jenna McWilliams, Jason Tighe, Whitney Kent Email

MORRISTOWN, Tenn. (WVLT)- With all these school closings, many school calendars are running out of snow days.

And after being shut down all this week-- Hamblen County Schools have finally run out.

Volunteer TV's Whitney Kent joins us with more.

Bob and Michele, all ten of Hamblen County's snow days are gone.

The school system's director says it's been years since they've been in this situation.
Doctor dale lynch tells us a shift has been made. A calendar committee voted to use some "in service" and "professional development" days to start saving up again. Students are expected to report to school on january 17th, february 18th and the 21st. He says being proactive is the key.

Dr. Dale Lynch says "everyday that we miss we can't come back to the table and ok now we're gonna make it up here. "

Now remember the plan is weather dependent - so it is subject to change if more bad weather comes our way.

The school system says they are trying their best not to move the day of graduation which is set for both high schools on May 20th.
Also--Morgan County Schools will also be holding classes on Monday the 17th.

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MORRISTOWN, Tenn. (WVLT) With all the snow and ice in Hamblen County students are enjoying their snow days.

"They've been nice but you can't really do much beside sled or get out and build a snowman or something. Other than that you gotta sit in the house and stay warm," said Senior Justin Sandifer.

"Extra days, getting my sleep in for next week," said Senior Kyle Hartman.

But that enjoyment is short-lived because now - they're out. For the first time in ten years the school system has used up all 10 of their days.

"We have never had an issue we have always had days left over as far as days that our students and our teachers have put in," said Director of Schools Dr. Dale Lynch.

So a shift has been made. A calendar committee voted to use some in service and professional development days to start saving up again. Students are expected to report to school on January 17th, February 18th and the 21st.

"One of the most important things that we didn't want to do was move graduation or extend the school year past graduation and move graduation back," said Lynch.

January 17th would have been an in-service day for the Martin Luther King holiday but Dr. Lynch says they'll now be working it into their curriculum.

"I think this will give us an opportunity to focus on Martin Luther King Day more for our students. So we're gonna take that as an opportunity to help our student body understand Martin Luther King Day, so we're excited about that," said Lynch.

So with no more snow days left and winter only half over Hamblen County Schools say proactive planning is the best option they have.

"Everyday that we miss we can't come back to the table and OK now, we're gonna make it up here," said Lynch.


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